Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

545 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 545
Hads: 1,534
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 77
Gots: 239 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-1999

This malty, full-bodied double alt is also known as “Stickebier” – German slang for “secret brew”. Long Trail Double Bag was originally offered only in our brewery taproom as a special treat to our visitors. With an alcohol content of 7.2%, please indulge in moderation. The Long Trail Brewing Company is proud to have Double Bag named Malt Advocate’s “Beer of the Year” in 2001. Malt Advocate is a national magazine devoted to “expanding the boundaries of fine drinks”. Their panel of judges likes to keep things simple, and therefore of thousands of eligible competitors they award only two categories: “Imported” and “Domestic”. It is a great honor to receive this recognition.

33 IBU
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Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a bottled on date scored.

Appearance: Clear copper in colour with a patchy bubbly light tan head.

Smell: Rich sweet caramel and toffee with an almost butterscotch aroma meet up with the scent of heady ester alcohol.

Taste: Rich chewy malt, a little toasted, a hint of diacetyl, a touch of caramel and a good dose of sweetness which is cut by an ample semi tangy hop bitterness, a fuming estery alcohol and a toasted grainy flavour. The toasted grain/malt and a vanishing hop leaf flavour linger for a bit while the alcohol warms the body a bit.

Notes: A very intense and interesting brew, well balanced and finishes quite clean for a brew that boasts 7.2% abv. This brew is called a Sticke (secret) Alt Style Ale, an obscure sub-style of the Alts that is only brewed as a specialty ( once in a blue moon ) in Germany, Long Trail has done it justice for an American brewed version. (934 characters)

Photo of Veillantif
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at a few degrees F below room temperature, poured at 45 degree angle into unchilled stange glass.

A: bright mahogany with a tinge of gold. beautiful steady 1 1/2" thick head.

S: high amplitude: fruity with a tinge of hops, yet there's the richness of a much darker ale as well, with a tinge of roasted malt.

T: much as I expected from the smell: not too much of a surprise, but fantastic anyway. the same balance between pale-hale hoppinees and roasted malt richness is remarkably persistent: it doesn't change as it lingers on the palate.

M: the fizz is a little weak; it goes down a little too easy.

O: juxtaposes a variety of flavors, yet ends up being simple and accessible, and just remarkably pleasant, no matter what your level of sophistication or momentary proclivities may be. beautiful. (809 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: golden caramel, very clear. large 4 finger solid white head

s: aroma is dominated by sweet malts. some syrup-like toffee notes and dark berries as well. just the faintest hit of some hops in here as well.

t: sweet caramel and toffee malts right away. there is some earthy spice in here as well. fresh dough. the finish is very faint generic hops. this is a nice malt-forward beer. not overly complicated, but all the flavors in here are nice

m: light to medium mouthfeel. there is carbonation in here, but can't really feel it

o: as mentioned before - its not overly complicated, but all the flavors in here work really well. drinks really smooth, and is quite enjoyable. (678 characters)

Photo of Pauly2X
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- Slightly hazy amber, one finger head.

S- Caramel aroma with noble hop aroma in the background.

T- Caramel malt is rich up front with just enough toasted flavor to keep it interesting. Spicy hop flavor comes through at midpoint then transitions to more of an earthy hopp finish.

M- Medium-full bodied, rich and smooth.

D- I'll take this in annother trade anytime.

Simply wunderbar! (422 characters)

Photo of obrendano
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is easily one of the more complex beers I've had in a while

A - shiny orange like a dark pumpkin, clear as day, head is a little wispy and unstable

S - notes of everything that makes an interesting beer interesting...fruity floral hops, caramel, alcohol, overripe dark fruits....

T - caramel malt base showcases many different notes with each sip. hops are present and bring some citrus. also in the mix are grape and raisin, roasted cashew, a little cherry, cigar tobacco, and an almost astringent finish. it's a lot to take in all at once

M - really superb silkiness, a little bubbly under it, not too light or too sticky

D - this one might throw off people who aren't accustomed to bold and complex brews. would not recommend as a first or even 30th beer for a beginner, but longtime enthusiasts can easily find something to get behind within this one (864 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super clear copper-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is full of rich sweet caramel malts and just a bit of pine hops. Also some bread aroma and floral notes mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with rich sweet lightly toasted caramel malts and some background fruits and yeast. Through the middle, a touch of piney hops come through with some stronger bread flavor and some floral notes. The finish is a mix of sweet toasted malts and some piney hops and bread that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Feels really smooth and balanced. The finish has a nice bit of sweetness and it fairly clean.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are nice and complex and very balanced at the same time. The mouthfeel is just right with very nice balance. (886 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper body with a small tan head that left some lacing. Sweet biscuity aroma with a hint of caramel and hops. Roasted malt flavours mixed in with caraml and a sweet nuttiness, and some grassy hops in the finish. Smooth, chewy mouthfeel seems to suit the flavours perfectly, and I can't see much room for improvement. Likewise the drinkability is just short of exceptional, and only the dangerously hidden alcohol could be a negative factor. Awesome brew. Well done Long Trail! (482 characters)

Photo of JNeider
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A rich brown color, like a soft underlying amber tone. The creamy off-white 1 finger head held on really well. The lacing after the pour was also pretty gorgeous!

S: Alot going on here, I catch some bananas (which i was not expecting) and caramel. Overall, the aroma was just a smooth blend of sweetness

T: BANANAS! Were it not for the smell I would have been kind of blown away by this. There is also some underlying caramel flavors. A slight bit of hops and grains. It was very complex, yet carried its sweetness in moderation.

M: Very creamy and smooth. Almost like a smoothy if you let your mind really elaborate.

D: Easy to drink because its so smooth, but also a by-product of this is that its kind of filling.

Overall, an awesome beer. The first one I have tried from Long Trail and apparently, after this one, I need to try more! A delicious blend of sweet gloriousness in a glass. (897 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interestingly this is described on the label as a "double alt". Never heard that term before, so I've learned something new! Anyway you catagorize it, this is an excllent brew. Deep copper color, great looking head. Rich malty aroma. Flavor and body are rich with a hint of chocolate. A pleasant alcohol warming sensation follows each swallow. Hops balance things out nicely. Good drinkability for such a strong, rich beer. (423 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-brown copper color with a light tan head that fades to a thin layer. Smells of spice and creamy caramel and slightly toasted nuts. A nice swirl brings out the diacetyl and german hoppiness. I forgot how good this beer is. Taste is loaded with rich maltiness. Fruity and sweet toffee, toasty, nutty and very nice long finish. Nicely bitter at the end with a subtle alcohol warming. Very balenced overall. High amount of flavor in the medium body makes this very drinkable.

Yummy. (487 characters)

Photo of kkosmoski
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Longneck with a bottling date of 8/13/08. Pours a crystal clear amber in the glass with lively carbonation rising up. Nice, tightly-packed, cream-colored head reminiscent of latte froth. All sorts of authentic smelling German malts billowing off the top of this. Toffee, toast, caramel and a bit of butter round out the nose. Fruity to start (apple), going into dark toast and caramel and finishing off with a subtle flowery bitterness and delicate European grain note. A somewhat sharp medium carbonation with a medium-full body and bit of warming. A very nice drinking ale with an awesome malt profile. This has to be one of the most authentic tasting American-brewed, German style ales that I have had. Great job by Long Trail on producing this smooth, unique ale. I'm glad that I'm in the distribution range of this one! (824 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Doublebag pours out a partially hazy amber color topped with a small head. Lots of small bubbles stick to the side of the glass. Fruit and nuts aroma with some floral characteristics. Toasted malt flavor with some nuttiness. Sweetness comes in at first, but is balanced by a tasty dose of German hops. The alcohol is masked by a crisp mouthfeel. Great drinkability. For a 7.2% beer, this is quite poundable. (424 characters)

Photo of mshallah
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with deep red tones. Minimal head retention with a thin persistent ring of foam. Smell is invitingly sweet and fruity and almost dessert-like. Taste is huge, lots of malt up-front and a very distinct banana flavor. Not a hint of ale yeast banana fruitiness, but full-on like you just ate a chicita. This beer is perfectly hopped with bittering levels to balance all this sweetness. Believe it or not, this big 7.2abv beer is a great cross-over beer for macro swillers because it just tastes great. (514 characters)

Photo of JVEyck309
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - Clear tawny red/copper color. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving moderate lacing. Not overly carbonated but this is not off putting.

Smell - Caramel, toffee, biscuity, sweetness

Taste - Sweet right off the start, caramel tastes, nice amount of carbonation - much what I expected from the smell. Hop bitterness follows the inital sweetness but isn't overly intense. Very nice balance overall. Bready, caramel toffee..

Mouthfeel - Chewey, great mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Definitely a very drinkable beer. Great balance to it, the flavors are just right. (616 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label uses the term "double alt" to describe this one. That catches my attention right off the bat.

You can tell this is one viscous beer when it's oozing into the glass. It's a clear deep copper in color. Just a collaring of a head. Clean malt aroma. Almost bock-like in nature. Mouthfeel is indeed viscous and syrupy. Full bodied but smooth and mellow. Carbonation is low but fitting. Taste is very malty. It does have an "alt-like" taste, although not as hoppy as many alts that I've had. There's a candied apple type of a flavor present as well. Clean mellow malt dominates. Hops are present only to balance. Some slight alcohol notes. Big sweet toffe. And brown sugar. Yes, a very interesting and tasty brew.

Thanks a million to pbrian for sending me my first "double alt." (789 characters)

Photo of cooter
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Excellent lacing and a classy head that diminishes from solid to wispy. Smell is unusually impressive for what I expect of this kind of beer--fruity, especially blueberry and mango notes, with hop tang and characteristically malty flavors evident in equal parts. The smell is actually rivaling a tripel in complexity!

Flavor is mild, as in, English. Balanced, certainly, but with an IPA-ish thwack to the tongue, and from the malt? Some sour notes. Okay, maybe a little more hopheaded, considering the fruit flavors. More blueberry on the tongue, especially in the aftertaste, plus grapefruit, kiwi, butter, avocado, and...well, alcohol is somehow present but not in a normal sense. Smoother.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a little thick (like a dark lager...blech), and generally mediocre. Extremely drinkable. I hope the beer store still has it on special, this could be a heck of a transition beer for college boozers, considering the double-deuce ounce bottle, high alcohol content, and mild but flavorful presence. I vote yea! (1,040 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simple cream colored head over rich gold clear ale. Nose is lightly toasty, malty sweet, and flowery fresh hoppiness. The taste is just as the nose, very drinkable with flavors of sugar sweet malt blasted away by quite bitter hoppiness and some slight warming alcohol too. Finshes long, warming and bitter...a superbly crafted Sticke Altbier. (342 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very malty and contains mostly caramel along with nuts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is mainly caramelized malt, but was good. There’s a little bit of hops in there and the after taste was dry and a little sweet. Essentially it was what I’ve come to expect from this style.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry but clean.

D: Tasty, goes down real easy, not very filling and I didn’t really notice the 7.20% ABV much at all. I thought this beer went well with my turkey & stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. In retrospect, I should have brought a 12-pack with me instead of a sixer as I ended up not being the only person that drank it. (907 characters)

Photo of beyah
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass from a 22 oz. bottle

A- Copper color with off white head.

S- Caramel like Malt smell.

Taste- Rich caramel malt, with nice hop bitterness, a slight presence of alcohol, very well balanced .

D- Easy drinking beer, at 7.2% one needs to keep track of how many.

Note: I have had this beer in both 12 oz. bottles and 22 oz bottles, the 22 oz bottles always taste better, and less bitter, I have no idea why, but this has been consistant over multiple trails. This is one of my favorites. (515 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear lightened copper color with a big, bold ivory capping of frothy foam. Keeps its cap well throughout the seesion. Big patchy lacing sticks in place across the glass.

Aroma is of toasted grains and breads with a nice graasy undertone to it. Clean, crisp, inviting.

Taste is more of the same, nicely mild, wholesome, natural, and easy goin' toasted tones of bread grains that drift long with grassy hopped undertones that add a unique leafy bitterness of fluffy pine to the finish. A very light and tender caramel sweetened warmth resides off to the side then brings up the rear after the finish to sit with a malty warming sensation in the back of the throat.

Feel is soft, smooth, semi-silky, and just above a medium body within a lower carbonation level and only the slight hoppy bitterness and the malty warmth adding to the supply of interest in texture and length.

Quite a drinkable treat. Smooth, mild, subtle, and warming with just that right kinda of balance and roundedness that makes for a good beer. Alt style, and the like. Good stuff. (1,068 characters)

Photo of Greenlabel
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time I've had a beer which labels itself as a "double alt". Whatever it is, it's definitely a fine product. Nice amber color and lasting head with a definite malty emphasis although hops are by no means lacking. Excellent body which might be expected from a 7% brew. Would make a good winter seasonal but fortunately it's a year-round product. When I purchased a 6-pack in NH, it was priced no higher than Long Trail's other products which makes it quite a bargain. I had a Sierra Nevada Celebration just after the Double Bag and didn't find it to be any tastier - and I love the Celebration. (598 characters)

Photo of Folderol
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is what I call a session beer. (Yeah, I know... way too strong, but that's how I like 'em!) Looks good, decent but not huge head although it recedes pretty quickly. Smell is sweet malt, nothing special really. It's the taste that makes this brew. Smooth full-bodied well-balanced mix of sweet malt and hops. Mouthfeel is good too, finely carbonated and just chewy enough. Loses some of that as I get to the bottom of the glass and lose the carbonation, but up to that point it's a really smooth brew. (509 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear copper color, thick off-white head that fades slowly to a few wisps of foam and a ring around the edge, which leaves a decent foamy lacing, but less so further down the glass.

gently floral and herbal hop aroma, with caramel and even whole grain crackers to round things out.

malty and fruity on the palate, accompanied by moderate hop spice and bitterness. toasted flavors appear towards the finish, which leaves a trademark american hop "snap".

mouthfeel is quite smooth. carbonation gentle enough just to keep things lively and doesn't get in the way.

will be interesting when i compare this to an actual german alt... (631 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice amber brown color with a short but creamy tan colored head that sits atop the beer most of the time. There is a decent amount of lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. It smells of very sweet malts, some viney fruitiness, and caramel. The taste is good as well. It has a deep but sweet malty base intertwined with some viney fruit flavors, some caramel, and then a touch of hops finishing off the taste of this beer. It has a very smooth and rich mouthfeel and doesn't feel anywhere near its alcoholic content which makes for a very drinkable altbier. Well worth a try. (601 characters)

Photo of beernut7
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a quality strong ale. Nice roasted malt aroma and a deep copper color introduce a nicely balanced body of mild malt sweetness. The smooth medium body makes for an easy drinking warming beer. (200 characters)

Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.